Maurice Jones-Drew to Undergo Foot Surgery

MJD to undergo foot surgery

12/28/12 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Blog Photo - Maurice Jones-Drew to Undergo Foot SurgeryJaguars' running back Maurice Jones-Drew will undergo foot surgery on Friday that will sideline him until May. The team finally placed MJD on the injured reserve Friday morning, after he had missed every game since injuring his foot on October 21st against the Raiders.

The injury comes on the heels of a lengthy holdout that had the both Jones-Drew and the Jaguars' front office threatening to hold their ground into the regular season. MJD eventually caved and reported to the Jaguars' facilities a week before their first game, ending his ill-advised holdout.

One has to wonder if Jones-Drew's foot may have held up if he had been getting his body in game shape with the team during the preseason and getting some action in preseason games. When you throw a rusty player into the fire against a bunch of monstrous men who have been playing live action tackle football for a month, he won't be quite as durable as he had been in the past.

Another possible rationale for MJD's uncharacteristic injury is his history of enormous workloads over the previous three years - 361.3 touches per season. A lot of backs end up falling victim to injury following workloads like that.

Then again, the foot could just be a fluke occurrence. However, I was watching the game in which MJD got hurt, and the appearance of the injury didn't seem like any cause for concern.

Expected to be out until May, Jones-Drew will be a long shot to be ready for the Jaguars' offseason workouts, though he'll likely be ready to roll by the time training camp comes around.

Jones-Drew is under contract in 2013 for $4.95 million, and will be an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2014.

The 27 year old back wraps up 2012 with 414 rushing yards and one touchdown. If you exclude his one monster game against the Colts, and the game in which he got hurt (he had six yards), MJD averaged 57.75 rushing yards per game with no touchdowns.

I advised against considering MJD in fantasy drafts before the season, as I figured he would surely be drafted too high, and I'm sure that just about every owner regrets taking him in whatever round he went. I had a lot of people telling me that I was crazy - that Jones-Drew isn't like Chris Johnson and that he'll keep his body in shape, but I'll never trust a back who racks up massive workloads in three straight seasons and follows up with a holdout. Maybe those people will listen to me next year.
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